You may have heard of the famous NYT crossword that predicted the winner of the 1996 presidential elections, but have you ever seen it?
The day before the election, the clue for 39-Across was “Lead story in tomorrow’s newspaper (!), with 43-Across.”
43-Across was “Elected,” so 39-Across obviously needed to be the name of the as-yet-unchosen winner.
How did the puzzle maker know who would be elected? He didn’t.
But he was safe because both “Clinton” and “Bob Dole” fit in the puzzle.
Check it out…